26 Jun 2018

What was your first battlefield visit?

What was your first battlefield visit?

Do you remember the first time you stepped onto hallowed ground? How the air smelled, who was with you, what month it was? Do you remember a story from the battle, what troops fought there, what transpired on the land? Did your visit inspire your love of history or interest in our nation’s defining conflicts? We know you have a battlefield tale to tell and we want to hear it.

Step 1: Think about a historic site or battlefield that holds meaning for you.

Step 2: Share what makes that place so special be it a memory, a feeling, a family connection, or something you learned. You can reply to our questions on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or post on your own with the hashtag #LoveIsaBattlefield. If you don’t already, follow our social media and the hashtag to connect with other history lovers and read their stories. We might even feature your story in our online channels!

Not on social media? Email us your story at web@battlefields.org. You might just motivate someone who’s never visited a battlefield to get out there and have an experience they’ll never forget. Let’s work together to spread the love for these sacred places and inspire more people to visit and protect them.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Eight Events to Celebrate America’s Independence

Next week, Americans across the country will celebrate the Fourth of July – the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared our independence from Great Britain.  Commemorate the occasion by attending one of these eight family-friendly events at historic destinations nationwide.

Experience the Greatest Charge of the Civil War!

Help instill in your kids and grandkids a lifelong passion for history! Join the American Battlefield Trust from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on June 27, 2018, for this less-than one-mile hike as the story of the North’s first grand attempt to capture Richmond unfolds. The event will take place at Richmond National Battlefield Park and is free and open to all, but geared toward kids with their parents or grandparents.

50 Acres at Yorktown

An unprotected 50-acre parcel of land on the Yorktown battlefield has been zoned and platted for a subdivision of 100 houses. This land was the site of significant sieges during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and important stories could be lost forever if the bulldozers and road graders roll over this tract. Fortunately, we have an amazing opportunity to save this hallowed ground thanks to a $76-to-$1 donation match.

Missed Our Seminary Ridge FaceBook Live Fun(d)raiser?

If you didn’t catch our Facebook Live Fun(d)raiser to save hallowed ground on Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge, you can still watch it on Facebook! We had a blast and met our fundraising goal for the event, but our work isn’t over yet. Watch the video to find out why this land is so important, then donate to preserve it for the next generation.

The Battles of Chattanooga In4

After taking charge of the Union’s western armies in October 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant focused on lifting the Confederate siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which had been in place since the Battle of Chickamauga in September. Our new video highlights the actions at Chattanooga that would ultimately open the gateway to the South for the Union army.


American Battlefield Trust

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